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Author of Team Human, Present Shock, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, and host of the Team Human podcast http://medium.com/team-human

From Pharaoh to Big Agra, it’s always been about monopolizing the harvest

There’s no single answer.

Our current approaches to stewarding nature are vastly oversimplified. They may be complicated, but they’re not complex. They have many moving parts, use lots of technology, and involve many different actors, but they don’t acknowledge the interconnectedness of nature or the possibility of unseen factors. Nature is dynamic and in constant flux, so we must manage it with approaches that seek balance rather than the extraction of maximum yield.

The first hunter-gatherers to plant seeds couldn’t have foreseen an era when the practice of agriculture would threaten the viability of the planet’s topsoil. Nor should they…


Socialite, philanthropist, international southerner, mischief maker and self-described shit-starter, Kenya (Robinson) investigates gender, consumerism, and ability through unexpected performative actions and sculptural gestures.

In his monologue, Rushkoff proposes that people use non-fungible tokens to critique the art market. “The current NFT market in some ways is anti-art in that it’s simply reinforcing capitalism.”

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Author of “Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World” and member of the Apalech Clan, Tyson Yunkaporta helps us reckon with the end of civilization. Have we accidentally reintroduced circularity into our systems? Is there a way to integrate western civilization’s ideal of progress with integral theory?

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We cannot dominate nature for much longer, but neither can we retreat from civilization

It’s tempting to declare war on the institutions and technologies that seek to remake our world in their own image. Radical environmentalists believe that the only way for nature to reassert itself is for human civilization to reduce its numbers and return to preindustrial conditions. Others believe it’s too late, that we’ve already cast our lot with technological progress, genetic engineering, and global markets. In their view, slowing down the engines of progress will merely prevent us from finding the solutions we need to fix our current crises.

Neither approach will work. We cannot dominate nature for much longer, but…


Author of “Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World” and member of the Apalech Clan, Tyson Yunkaporta helps us reckon with the end of civilization. Have we accidentally reintroduced circularity into our systems? Is there a way to integrate western civilization’s ideal of progress with integral theory?

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The logic of productivity or capitalism is not enough

glass pillars forming a bar chart, blue sky and shining sun in the background
glass pillars forming a bar chart, blue sky and shining sun in the background

Our addiction to expansion, growth, and transcendence derives from our hubris and need for control. We mistake colonizing a new region of the planet or dominating some aspect of nature for an expression of our creative power. We act as if we were gods, capable of creation and immune from the value systems that might otherwise restrain our will. And because this path is ultimately so unsatisfying, it is also addictive.

Like initiates in a 12-step program, those of us suffering from wettiko must turn to a higher power if we want to stop our destructive behavior. It’s difficult for…


Human beings are not the problem; we are the solution

The transhumanist movement is less a theory about the advancement of humanity than a simple evacuation plan. Techno-utopians like to think of themselves as orchestrating a complete break from civilization — a leap into outer space, cyberspace, machine consciousness, or artificial life. But their ideas just extend our same blind addiction to consumption, destruction, progress, and colonization. Cyber-wettiko.

European colonialists ignored the peoples and places they overran in their conquest of the planet in the belief that they were working toward some greater endpoint, some ordained destiny. If some people were exploited or their ecosystems annihilated, well, you can’t make…


Playing for Team Human today, R. U. Sirius, Nick Philip, Annie P.O, and Jody Radzik, look back on the magical explosion at the intersection of art and technology in the early-1990s rave scene.

This episode was recorded in High Fidelity, a real-time spatial audio software developed by Second Life co-founder Philip Rosedale.

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How Russians, robots, and dolphins spawned a movement at Esalen

The ultimate goal of personal transcendence was to leave the sinful, temporary body behind and float as a free, perfected consciousness. All that prior consumption was just fuel for the rocket, and the regrettable destruction something to leave behind with the rest of physical reality.

This wasn’t a break from consumer capitalism, but the fulfillment of its ultimate purpose. And, by the 1970s, many other sectors and industries seemed to be coalescing around the same set of potentials. Computer scientists were pondering artificial intelligence; personal transformation gurus were helping people walk over burning coals; specially phased audio tapes helped people…


Playing for Team Human today, social innovator, writer, and host of, “What Could Possibly Go Right?” Vicki Robin.

Robin will be helping us find ways to emerge from this moment of social and economic despair, so we can reckon — together — with the consequences of confusing monetary wealth with human freedom.

In his monologue, Rushkoff explains the difficulty the United States has coordinating a Covid-19 vaccine response. “The biggest threat to our collective health is our alienation from the underlying cycles.”

Additionally, you can listen to Robin and Rushkoff speak on Robin’s, “What Could Possibly Go Right?” Podcast.

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